We produced these videos in mid 2014. They’re a good example of the kind of work Alucinor Productions does when we have very little involvement in pre-production, have a bit of information – who, what, where, why etc and make the most of our time shooting.
In some ways that’s worked out really well on this project although there’s definitely a few things that could be improved to get some more diversity of footage as well as footage that would connect even tighter with what’s being discussed.
Shane and I worked as the camera and sound crew, we didn’t run the interviews (I just chimed in with additional questions to get some wording a little more edit friendly). Heather and Lisa from Perth Home Care Services conducted the interviews. They were both prepared, knew what they needed to cover and had good relationships with the interviewee’s so it was absolutely the way to go and worked well.
Other than being our last full Canon 5D video production (that camera has hung up its boots and is now solely a stills camera for us), this production was an exercise in quickly meeting people, helping them feel comfortable, shooting an interview and getting as much meaningful, edit friendly, multi-use (flexible footage that could be used in various ways with different comments) quality shots and sequences as possible.
That’s the aim/challenge on a job like this. You don’t have a shot-list or a clear understanding of the narrative yet (you get a sense of what it will be from the interview), plus you’re trying not to take up too much of your interviewees time (some were only available for short periods for different reasons). You have to get into a very active mode, not be mentally or physically lazy, think on your feet, figure out and shoot sequences and shots that are both nice visually and consistent with the story being told.
I must admit I prefer (find it easier) when there is involvement and pre-production preparation, but shooting this way keeps you on your toes and can make you better at what you do if your aim is to learn and improve. That’s something I remind myself of before every shoot. Be on the lookout for lessons, mistakes, pitfalls, lack of talent, getting the same standard shots, repetitive framing, understanding, speed, general camera skills, constructing sequences… The list goes on. For me it’s about not hiding from my shortcomings, but actively looking at them and trying to improve. (I don’t have to look too far or deep!)
In post production Shane spent two to three days doing the hard yards getting a draft edit together. I then finetuned that with the awesome people from Perth Home Care Services, sourced and added music, graded in FilmConvert and we were done.
Here are the videos. It was originally done as one long (essentially testimonial video) and we later broke it up into individual stories.